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Promoting EU standards globally
Horizon Europe - Cluster 4 - Destination 6: A Human-centred and Ethical Development of Digital and Industrial Technologies
Estimated EU contribution per project
around € 2,500,000.00
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This Action will promote the EU’s human-centred agenda on the global stage and promote the alignment and convergence of international standards with EU standards, as pursued in the Digital Compass Strategy and in support of the Global Gateway.
It will also enable that the targeted countries can strengthen the link between standards and their policy and regulatory framework, adopting the EU values and underpinning the EU Digital and the EU Standardisation Strategy, by:
- Enhancing the cooperation with selected countries participating in InDiCo (India, China, Brazil and LAC region), and extending its geographic scope to important areas where the EU position should be reinforced such as the Western Balkans, the Eastern Partnership, Southeast Asia and the African Union.
- Extending its technological reach to cover better technologies that are prioritized in Horizon Europe, such as AI, 5G and beyond, IoT and its security aspects, internet, cybersecurity, data, eID, quantum, digital ledger technologies (DLT), circular economy or smart cities.
- Understanding of the third countries’ standardisation ecosystem and when relevant capacity building in terms of digital standardisation, facilitating alignment around EU values and positions in international digital SDOs and other international fora (e.g. 3GPP, oneM2M, IETF, IEEE).
Proposals should build on the outcomes achieved in the first phase of InDiCo, as well as in the experience gained and the studies and action that have been implemented.
Due to the strategic importance for the EU interests, proposals should include European experts on standardisation, with excellent knowledge of the European Standardisation Organisations (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) and their international activities.
This topic requires the effective contribution of SSH disciplines and the involvement of SSH experts, institutions as well as the inclusion of relevant SSH expertise, in order to produce meaningful and significant effects enhancing the societal impact of the related research activities. Expertise in SSH is important in the context of this project to defending EU values and ethics and supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Proposals should address the following key tasks:
- T1: Activities to support effective engagement on the EU standardisation model and EU standards:
- Analysis of key Standard Development Organisations (SDOs) and countries/regions active in the priorities identified in the Commission Rolling Plan on ICT Standardisation.
- Development of case studies/best practices on the EU standardisation model and the harmonisation of global standards on priorities identified in the Commission Rolling Plan on ICT Standardisation.
- Development of common approaches, tools and guidelines, e.g., on lessons learned
- T2: Policy outreach, dialogue, and knowledge exchange activities for targeted actors. These activities will be conducted with different actors in various formats including through the organisation or participation at national and regional levels in international groups, specialised workshops, hackathons, interoperability events and roadshows. The aim will be to progressively improve a common understanding regarding the cooperation towards harmonised international open standards including the promotion of the European model, and the outreach of European ICT Standards to key countries identified in the research activity. When relevant support proof of concepts of the implementation of standards
- T3: Communication and dissemination activities to promote broader sharing of EU Data Protection Model and stimulate knowledge sharing and capitalisation.
Building on the successful action of the first phase of the FPI InDiCo project on international cooperation on ICT standardisation, the expected outcomes include (i) enhancing the promotion of the EU ICT/digital standards for key technologies in the Horizon Europe programme; (ii) the promotion of the EU model for setting global interoperable ICT/digital standards (stakeholder driven model) in selected targeted countries and (iii) understanding standardisation ecosystems and when relevant fostering capacity building in third countries for ICT/digital standardisation around EU values.
The targeted countries and regions are India, China, Southeast Asia, the African Union, Latin America and Caribbean (LAC), the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership.
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Faeroes (Føroyar / Færøerne), Georgia (საქართველო), Island (Ísland), Israel (ישראל / إِسْرَائِيل), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), Morocco (المغرب), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна), United Kingdom
EU Body, Education and training institution, International organization, Natural Person, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the following countries:
- the Member States of the European Union, including their outermost regions
- the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States
- third countries associated to Horizon Europe - see list of particpating countries
Applications may be submitted by one or more legal entities, which may be established in a Member State, Associated Country or, in exceptional cases and if provided for in the specific call conditions, in another third country.
Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organisations (including international European research organisations) is eligible to participate (whether it is eligible for funding or not), provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulation have been met, along with any other conditions laid down in the specific call topic.
A ‘legal entity’ means any natural or legal person created and recognised as such under national law, EU law or international law, which has legal personality and which may, acting in its own name, exercise rights and be subject to obligations, or an entity without legal personality.
- Affiliated entities — Affiliated entities (i.e. entities with a legal or capital link to a beneficiary which participate in the action with similar rights and obligations to the beneficiaries, but which do not sign the grant agreement and therefore do not become beneficiaries themselves) are allowed, if they are eligible for participation and funding.
- Associated partners — Associated partners (i.e. entities which participate in the action without signing the grant agreement, and without the right to charge costs or claim contributions) are allowed, subject to any conditions regarding associated partners set out in the specific call conditions.
- Entities without legal personality — Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees to protect the EU’s financial interests equivalent to those offered by legal persons.
- EU bodies — Legal entities created under EU law including decentralised agencies may be part of the consortium, unless provided for otherwise in their basic act.
- Joint Research Centre (‘JRC’)— Where provided for in the specific call conditions, applicants may include in their proposals the possible contribution of the JRC but the JRC will not participate in the preparation and submission of the proposal. Applicants will indicate the contribution that the JRC could bring to the project based on the scope of the topic text. After the evaluation process, the JRC and the consortium selected for funding may come to an agreement on the specific terms of the participation of the JRC. If an agreement is found, the JRC may accede to the grant agreement as beneficiary requesting zero funding or participate as an associated partner, and would accede to the consortium as a member.
- Associations and interest groupings — Entities composed of members (e.g. European research infrastructure consortia (ERICs)) may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’. However, if the action is in practice implemented by the individual members, those members should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible
Legal entities established in all African Union member states may exceptionally participate in this Coordination and support action as a beneficiary (or affiliated entity). Due to the scope of this topic, all African Union member states are exceptionally eligible for Union funding.
Relevance for EU Macro-Region
EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
All proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funders & Tenders Portal electronic submission system (accessible via the topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Proposals must be complete and contain all parts and mandatory annexes and supporting documents, e.g. plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results including communication activities, etc.
The application form will have two parts:
- Part A (to be filled in directly online) contains administrative information about the applicant organisations (future coordinator and beneficiaries and affiliated entities), the summarised budget for the proposal and call-specific questions;
- Part B (to be downloaded from the Portal submission system, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded as a PDF in the system) contains the technical description of the project.
Annexes and supporting documents will be directly available in the submission system and must be uploaded as PDF files (or other formats allowed by the system).
The limit for a full application (Part B) is 33 pages.
Eligible costs will take the form of a lump sum.
Beneficiaries may provide financial support to third parties.
The support to third parties can only be provided in the form of grants. The maximum amount to be granted to each third party is EUR 50000. FSTP should be eligible to third parties in India, Southeast Asia, the African Union, Latin America and Caribbean (LAC), the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership.
The capacity building in third countries is expected to be done, among others, through the funding of micro-projects that may involve local stakeholders. Therefore, a minimum of 40% of the total requested EU contribution should be allocated to financial support to third parties (FSTP).